Multi-million pound Aberdeen development uses hydrogen fuel cell plant equipment

Multi-million pound Aberdeen development uses hydrogen fuel cell plant equipment

Taylor Construction Plant Ltd (TCP) has announced that its Ecolite TH200 LED Lighting Tower is helping to light up the construction site of the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). The product, which uses BOC’s HYMERA fuel cell as a sustainable power source, has been hired to provide illumination with zero emissions.

The placement of the Ecolite TH200 LED Lighting Tower has been led by Aberdeen City Council which saw the product in action at the Shell Eco-Marathon. Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing explained: “The eco lights fit in with the principles of the AECC development as one of the most sustainable venues in the UK and the use of renewable and low carbon technology on the site. Aberdeen is a leader in hydrogen technology and we’re developing how companies can benefit from this innovative technology, so we’re delighted to be doing this in one of our own developments.”

The Ecolite TH200 LED lighting tower has been developed by TCP in collaboration with BOC, a leading supplier of industrial gases, to provide an alternative to traditional diesel lighting for off-grid applications. The product uses BOC’s HYMERA fuel cell which combines hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen to produce electrical power with the only emission being water. The process is virtually silent, enabling contractors to easily comply with section 61 of the Control of Pollution Act. Aberdeen City Council’s joint venture partner for the new multi-million pound AECC, Henry Boot Developments, were also keen for this product to be used.

Nick Harris, Scottish Director at Henry Boot Developments, said: “The use of such an eco-friendly lighting system onsite fits in perfectly with our ambition that the new AECC should be among the most sustainable venues in the UK, and one that really showcases innovation. It’s great that this ethos is beginning on the construction site, and that the new AECC is setting an example before the building is even complete.”

The principal contractor, Robertson Construction Group, and their specialist civil engineering contractor, Careys Civil Engineering, also support the use of the Ecolite LED lighting tower. Carey Civil Engineering is already familiar with the product, having been a customer of TCP for its lighting towers and compaction plates for several years.

TCP, who are committed to the future development of environmentally friendly products for the construction industry to help reduce carbon emissions, is delighted that hydrogen fuel cell technology is being embraced by leading developers and contractors. The Ecolite fuel cell product range is available for hire nationally.

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